Art Renewal Center

Leading the Revival of Realism

Leading the revival of realism in the visual arts, the Art Renewal Center (ARC), a 501(c)(3), non-profit, educational foundation, hosts the largest online museum dedicated to realist art and includes works by the old masters, 19th century, and contemporary realists as well as articles, letters and other online resources. The ARC is the foremost and only vetting service for realist art schools ensuring that the teaching curricula and quality of teacher and student work meet our strict standards to become ARC Approved™. The ARC also runs the ARC Salon Competition, which is the largest and most prestigious competition in the western world for realist artists painting, sculpting, and drawing today with nine categories and thousands of works competing, culminating in a traveling live exhibition of many of the winning works. The ARC works with other ARC Allied Organizations™, artist groups, museums, and publications to become a central news hub for the Contemporary Realist Movement of Post Contemporary Art. Read the ARC Philosophy written by ARC Chairman, Frederick C. Ross, to learn why ARC is so passionately dedicated to realist based art.

Lecture at GCA Published on 16 January, 2018

The Grand Central Atelier will be hosting a lecture on Giovanni Battista Moroni given by Robert Bunkin, who is a figurative painter, art historian and former Curator of Art at the Staten Island Museum. In 2019 the Frick Collection will host the first NY exhibition of Moroni’s extraordinary portrait paintings. Although Moroni’s work is found in most major art museums around the world, his work is still under-known compared to his contemporaries such as Titian and Veronese. This talk will explore the fascinating works, mostly in American museums, of this Renaissance master, whose realism was a forerunner of Caravaggio and Velazquez.

The lecture is free and open to the public and takes place on Friday, January 19, 5:30pm at the Grand Central Atelier 46-06 11th Street, Queens, NY 11101.

Seating is limited. Please RSVP: or visit for more information.

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The ARC Museum is the largest online museum dedicated completely to realist art work. It contains tens of thousands of images by thousands of artists and includes works by 19th century and old master artists through our general search pages, as well as 21st century realist works by our ARC Affiliated Artists™.

Our news section consists of two parts, the first being our News Blog where we post daily to keep our viewers informed on relevant topics about realist art and the second is our Events Calendar which is an interactive calendar listing of all the exciting realist art events taking place around the world including: exhibitions, lectures, open houses, competitions, artist demonstrations, video and podcast releases, publication releases, enrollment dates and more. The calendar can also be viewed in three ways, as a calendar, a general listing, or as a world map.


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As a non-profit educational foundation, education is one of our primary goals. Here is where you can find our ARC Approved™ School listing, ARChives where we have our articles, letters and more, The Da Vinci Initiative which focuses on skill-based learning in K-12 classrooms, artist interviews, artist demonstrations, podcasts, self help books and more.

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Find out more about the ARC and its staff. Learn about our mission and ARC philosophy. Find information on ARC Allied Organizations and how to contact us.


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View the results of past and current ARC competitions or submit your entries here. The ARC holds two types of competitions. The ARC Scholarship Competition, held every May, gives thousands of dollars in direct financial aid to students attending ARC Approved Schools. The International ARC Salon, the most prestigious realist art competition in the Americas and perhaps the world, offers over $100,000 in cash awards and International recognition through partnerships with prestigious magazines, galleries, museum exhibitions, and a strong online presence.

Help support the ARC by purchasing fine art prints, books, DVDs, or more. Here you will also find information on image usage and advertising rates.

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January 17, 2018

Added Light Beyond the Bridge II by Mary Pettis
Added image of Rippling Light - Ponte Vecchio by Mary Pettis

January 16, 2018

Added A Private View at the Royal Academy by William Powell Frith
Added Twilight by Kirk (Stephen Kirk) Richards

January 15, 2018

Added image of Griselda by Maxfield Parrish

January 14, 2018

Added The Blue Door by Kirk (Stephen Kirk) Richards

January 12, 2018

Added image of The Art of Painting by Johannes Vermeer
Added image of Woman with a Pearl Necklace by Johannes Vermeer
Added image of A Lady at the Virginals with a Gentleman by Johannes Vermeer
Added image of The Geographer by Johannes Vermeer
Added image of The Glass Of Wine by Johannes Vermeer

January 11, 2018

Added The LA Art Show to Calendar

January 10, 2018

Added Thomas Cole's Journey to Calendar
Added Portrait of Benedetto Annigoni by Pietro Annigoni
Added image of Autoritratto by Pietro Annigoni
Added image of Cinciarda by Pietro Annigoni

January 9, 2018

January 8, 2018

Added Time of Change by Jane Jones
Added Beautiful Soul by Jane Jones
Added Birds of a Feather by Jane Jones
Added Convergence by Jane Jones
Added Handle With Care by Jane Jones
Added Joyful by Jane Jones
Added Rare Visitor by Jane Jones
Added Silent Night by Jane Jones
Added Hello Again by Jane Jones
Added Gilded Stars by Jane Jones